James Branch Cabell Collection 1940
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Richmond author James Branch Cabell (1879-1958) is best known for his controversial Jurgen (1919), one of several ironic fantasies he wrote that took place in the mythical medieval world of Poictesme (Pwa- tem). Jurgen, laced with erotic overtones, was considered pornographic by some, and a trial over its content brought the reclusive writer national fame. Throughout the 1920s, Cabell was highly regarded by his literary peers -- H.L. Mencken, Sinclair Lewis, and others praised his works. His med...